August 16, 2013
The resolution claims that "a majority of Americans support legal immigration and oppose any form of amnesty." Apparently the RNC forgot to check the most recent polls that show that a majority of Americans support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented aliens. In fact, an August 2013 poll of Republicans showed that 2/3 support a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented aliens. A July 2013 poll shows that more Americans favor the Democratic view on immigration reform rather than the Republican view.
The RNC supports a nation of the haves and have-nots. It proposes a country that boasts a permanent underclass, including the innocent DREAMers who were brought to the country as undocumented children by their parents. Their message to the immigrants is that Americans want to reap all of the benefits of cheap laborers who fill the jobs that no American wants to do, but they do not support giving them any benefits or rights in exchange for their hard work.
It is almost as if the RNC patterned their plan after the ill-conceived systems that has kept the legal, longterm, foreign workers oppressed, disenfranchised and second-class. Just like the CNMI's failed immigration plan, the whole resolution is a sickening insult - undemocratic, un-American and inhumane.
If the objective of the Republican Party was to increase their unpopularity, then it looks like they have succeeded.
Democratic National Committee spokesperson Michael Czin said:
“It’s disappointing that the RNC has yet again come out against commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship,” Not only is their position contrary what the vast majority of Americans want – it’s bad for the economy. Data shows that a path to citizenship will boost the GDP, increase total income for all Americans and generate more revenue for both states and the federal government. Reince Priebus and the Republican Party just don’t get it – they’re on the wrong side of the issues and the American people know it.”